Friday, July 12, 2013

Travel: Good Time versus Good Trip

This Althouse post on the difference between a tourist and a traveler is thought-provoking. Calvin Trillin once noted how Americans like to "make good time" while traveling and so are pleased when they quickly get from one place to another. This is the complete opposite of the "ramble about and linger over breakfast at the diner while talking to the locals" approach. The latter tends to produce far more lasting memories, but you have to have the time to do it and time can be a luxury.

In our rush to "get there," should we change our definition so the journey becomes the there?

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